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"Why do we call it over training, when it really should be called under recovery? It's the recovery that makes you better, not the training."
Adrian Timmis, Former cycling pro & Olympian (now coach)

To reach your personal best you need to know when you should be riding and when you should be resting.

How will you decide how far or fast to ride today? How do you plan your routes, choose your training partners and organise your training programme?

Overtraining frequently results in injury, illness and diminishing performance. Measurement and monitoring of recovery enables cyclists to train smarter, thereby preventing overtraining. The body can endure just so much continual physical stress before it begins to breakdown, leading to frequent colds, coughs, and increased risk of complications such as knee and lower back problems.

"An optimal training process is based on the alternation of training load and recovery in order to allow the adaptation induced by training stimuli to take place. Too often athletes underestimate this essential need, and when they don't improve their performance, they usually increase training volume and intensity, thinking that is what is needed to improve.

More often, this lack of improvement is due to the lack of recovery between training sessions, not because you are not stressing the body enough." Dr. Aldo Sassi of the world-renowned Mapei Center in Milan

Training = Cycling workouts + Recovery

Many cyclists measure rides and workouts precisely in hours or distance cycled but recovery only in subjective measurements such as feelings of tiredness and soreness of legs. Only the best cyclists measure their recovery accurately, with tools such as ithlete.

So How Do You Know When to Ride and When to Rest?

Cyclists "The great thing about being a full time bike rider isn't that you've got more time to train, it's that you've got more time to recover."
Adrian Timmis, Former Cycling Pro and Olympian

The answer is ithlete, which measures the time gap between your heartbeats when you're resting. Measuring heart rate variability (HRV) with ithlete enables cyclists to determine their training/cycling readiness. The heart speeds up when you inhale, and slows down when you exhale; the difference is known as heart rate variability. A healthy, well rested body will produce a wider gap than a stressed out, over trained body.

Measuring HRV with ithlete is not unlike the morning ritual of taking a resting heart rate, taking just 60 seconds to complete. Research has proven that measuring and tracking HRV presents a more precise picture of your overall health, to determine fatigue, overtraining or approaching illness.

ithlete Guide to Training with HRVUnderstand more about over-training and training with heart rate variability.
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Convenient, Informative, Inexpensive: ithlete


Previously used solely by a small group of elite athletes and their coaches HRV was time consuming, expensive and difficult to track. Until now; ithlete makes measuring and tracking HRV convenient and affordable for cyclists.

User friendly and intuitive ithlete means cyclists can now measure and interpret HRV themselves, and in only 60 seconds. A signal is sent from your chest strap monitor to a small receiver which attaches to your smart phone or tablet.

The app displays a colour coded graph of your HRV score as well as a train/train easy/rest recommendation, enabling you to get the most from your ride and avoid injury. A high reading combined with a normal resting pulse is good news; you can train hard that day. A low reading means you should take it easy, providing you with a guilt free rest or lighter intensity day. And while your body is in recovery mode, your muscles are busy getting stronger.

Cyclists can now record both their training load and any comments to further enhance the meaningful data provided by ithlete. Progress over time is conveniently displayed in both graphical and numerical format by ithlete, enabling cyclists to prepare for events and continue to increase fitness and performance.

All you need to get started today is a compatible chest strap, ithlete receiver and ithlete HRV app; and all for less than the price of a cycling jersey!


HRV Monthly Chart Explained...

Amber lines occur after intensive workouts and indicate the need for extra rest and recovery. Green lines occur when the body has recovered well. White lines indicate normal HRV levels. Blue lines show the overall trend and moves upwards significantly during the final week of this chart, when little exercise was performed.

Today's HRV number is displayed at the top of the screen. Unlike resting pulse, a higher number is better.

The three coloured indicators at the top right show the amount of change in HRV that has occurred over the past day, week and month. The Daily Change is used as a traffic light for training, whereas the week and month indicators show positive or negative trends.

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Buy chest strap and receiver:

Chest Strap and Receiver


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Testimonials from Cyclists
"The ithlete is a excellent product which really re-insures me that I am not over-training."
Jimmy Wilson, Cyclist
"The tool is very well liked, often used by the riders and its amazing how exactly it works. "
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Press Articles
Cycling Weekly (UK) 10/06/2010
"ithlete has masses of uses and we can't help but feel a more complex version would increase the appeal even further."
Cycling Weekly (UK) 21/1/2010
"Measuring heart rate first thing in the morning and noting daily changes to help stop the early signs of overtraining and/or illness."
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